Spirit of Manatee

2021 Spirit of Manatee Awards
March 24, 2021 at Noon | Virtual 

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Special thanks to premier sponsor
Milestone Financial Group at Morgan Stanley 

 Join Manatee Community Foundation in honoring donors who live and give in Manatee County, nonprofit partners that serve Manatee County, and business leaders who support philanthropic work in our community. Celebrate the spirit of giving that makes this county such an amazing place to live, work and play.

2021 Spirit of Manatee Winners

Lifetime Spirit Award
John Weichel
Nominated by State College of Florida Foundation

Leadership Spirit Award
Henry Blyden
Nominated by Sarasota-Bradenton Kappa Alpha Psi, Manasota Black Chamber of Commerce, United Community Centers

Community Spirit Award
BMO Harris Bank
Nominated by Realize Bradenton

Young Spirit Award
Emma Bittar
Nominated by Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee County

Charles Clapsaddle Community Spotlight Award
Barbara Brownell
Nominated by Parenting Matters


  • Anna Maria Oyster Bar
  • Bank of America
  • Blalock Walters, P.A.
  • BMO Harris Bank
  • Manatee Matches Giving Circle
  • Manatee Memorial Foundation
  • Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC
  • Mosaic
  • Pier 22/The Grove Restaurant-Patio-Bar
  • PNC Bank
  • Publix Super Markets
  • Regions Bank
  • SOLVE Maternity Homes
  • State College of Florida Foundation
  • The Library Foundation of Manatee County
  • The Patterson Foundation
  • Willis Smith Construction
  • WUSF Public Media

Co-Table Sponsors 

  • Air & Energy
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Suncoast
  • Bradenton Area CVB
  • Charitable Gift Planners of Southwest Florida
  • CS&L CPAs
  • DEX Imaging
  • Des Champs & Gregory
  • Dick, Johnson & Jefferson
  • Easter Seals Southwest Florida
  • Healthy Teens Coalition of Manatee & Friends and Family of Emma Bittar
  • HOPE Family Services
  • Humane Society of Manatee County
  • Florida Power & Light
  • Greene Hamrick Quinlan & Schermer, P.A.
  •  Manatee Children’s Services
  • Manatee County Government Neighborhood Services
  • Manatee Elementary Community Partnership School
  • Mote Marine Laboratory & Aquarium
  • Mott & Associates
  • Najmy Thompson, P.L.
  • Neuro Challenge Foundation
  • Parenting Matters
  • Porges Hamlin Knowles & Hawk, P.A.
  • Realize Bradenton
  • Sherrill Wealth Management
  • The Bishop Museum of Science and Nature
  • United Community Centers
  • United Way Suncoast
  • W. Paul Hoenle Foundation